Audrey Niffenegger

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Audrey Niffenegger
Audrey Niffenegger in 2009
Born (1963-06-13) June 13, 1963 (age 50)
South Haven, Michigan, United States
Occupation Novelist, Artist
Nationality American
Period 2003-present
Genres Fiction

Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963) is an American writer, artist and academic.



A film version of Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, was released in August 2009. As of September 2013, a sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife is in the works.[1]

She has written a graphic novel, or "novel in pictures" as Niffenegger calls it, called The Three Incestuous Sisters. This book tells the story of three unusual sisters who live in a seaside house. The book has been compared to the work of Edward Gorey.

Another graphic novel, The Adventuress, was released on September 1, 2006.

The 2004 short story 'The Night Bookmobile' was serialised in 2008 in 'Visual Novel' format in The Guardian.[2]

In March 2009, Niffenegger sold her second novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, for an advance of $5 million to Charles Scribner's Sons, a unit of Simon & Schuster, after a fiercely contested auction.[3] The book was released on 1 October 2009[4] and is set in London's Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide.[5]

She is currently[when?] working on a third novel called The Chinchilla Girl in Exile, about a girl called Lizzie Varo, who suffers from hypertrichosis (excessive body hair).[6]

Art and academia[edit]

She is a professor in the Department of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. She is the founding member of T3 or Text 3, an artist and writer's group that also performs and exhibits in Chicago.

Niffenegger is an alumna and board member of the Ragdale Foundation.

She described herself as "somewhere in the spectrum of agnosticism and atheism" and ascribed her disbelief to her Catholic background.[7]


Visual books[edit]


Graphic novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]


  1. ^ Molly Driscoll (September 24, 2013). "The Time Traveler's Wife Gets a Sequel". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2013-09-25. 
  2. ^ "The Night Bookmobile | Books". The Guardian. 2008. Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  3. ^ Motoko Rich (March 11, 2009). "Audrey Niffenegger Receives $5 Million Advance for Second Novel". The New York Times. pp. C2. Retrieved 2013-07-09. "Six years after the publication of her blockbuster best-selling novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger has sold a new manuscript for close to $5 million, according to people with knowledge of the negotiations. It is an especially significant sum at a time of retrenchment and economic uncertainty in the publishing world. After a fiercely contested auction, Scribner, a unit of Simon & Schuster, bought the rights to publish the new novel, Her Fearful Symmetry, in the United States this fall." 
  4. ^ Allfree, Claire (2009-10-01). "Niffenegger goes on a timely journey". Metro. Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  5. ^ Niffenegger, Audrey (2009-10-03). "Audrey Niffenegger on Highgate Cemetery". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-10-03. 
  6. ^ Official Website FAQs
  7. ^ Soriano, César G. (2009-10-05). "Niffenegger finds 'Symmetry' in death for second novel". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  8. ^ a b Audrey Niffenegger - biography, plus book reviews & excerpts
  9. ^ Niffenegger, Audrey (2008-08-04). "31.05.2008: The Night Bookmobile". The Guardian (London). 

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